HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark (L15) is able to flex her amphibious muscle to respond quickly to any crisis and world events.

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Following HMS Bulwark’s hugely successful contribution to the Gallipoli Centenary Commemorations in Turkey in April the ship was directed by the Prime Minister to contribute to the developing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

Codenamed Operation Weald, working in concert with the Italian Navy and 3 Merlin helicopters from 814 Squadron, HMS Bulwark successfully rescued over 4000 people from their dangerously overcrowded boats in the waters between Libya and Southern Europe

HMS Bulwark is currently taking part in Joint Warrior, beginning with Exercise Griffin Strike.

She is working alongside the Fleet Flagship HMS Ocean, Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland and RFA Lyme Bay as well as French Navy counterparts including the including the assault helicopter carrier FS Dixmude.

The aim of Ex Griffin Strike is to test the working partnership between the two countries and test the Ango-French Combined Joint Expeditionary Force”, or CJEF.

The exercise will show how UK and French maritime, land and air forces can be deployed rapidly together for a wide range of bilateral operations and, if called upon, work together as part of a NATO, EU or UN coalition operation.  

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Current operation Joint Warrior

Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations - disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.

  • Exercise Trident Juncture

    Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will be held through October and November, predominantly in, over and on the seas around Portugal, Spain and Italy. It is one of a series of long-planned exercises to ensure that NATO Allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis.

  • Cougar 15

    Cougar is the annual deployment of the UK’s high readiness maritime joint expeditionary force

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Navy comes in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

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Unit History

The First Bulwark1777

The current assault ship is the seventh RN warship to bear the name in a history that stretches back to 1777 but despite her naming, the keel was never laid and she was later cancelled.

The Second Bulwark1807

The second Bulwark made it through build and was launched in April 1807, and served for almost two decades, seeing service in the American War of 1814-15. She was broken up in 1825.

The Third Bulwark1859

The next Bulwark suffered a similar fate to the first – laid down in 1859, her build was put on hold, and she lay dry until being dismantled in 1872.

The Fourth Bulwark1860

The fourth, a wooden first-rate 121-gun battleship, made it to launch in 1860, notched up her steam trials in 1861, but was never completed for sea.

The Fifth Bulwark1899

The fifth, a 15,000-ton twin-screw battleship, was launched at Devonport in 1899, and claims the Antarctic explorer Capt Robert Falcon Scott as one of her commanding officers.

Explosion1914

She also suffered an ill-fated end off Sheerness in November 1914 – while loading on ammunition an internal explosion tore the heart of the ship apart, killing all but 12 of the 750 ship’s company.

The Sixth Bulwark1948

The 22,000-ton light fleet carrier, launched in June 1948, was the last holder of the name. She saw service in the Suez Crisis before being modified to a pure helicopter commando carrier in 1959.

The Rusty B1976

She retired in 1976 , but returned in 1979 as an anti-submarine warfare carrier – living up to her nickname 'The Rusty B', drawn from her motto 'Under thy wings I will (t)rust'.

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Commanding Officer James Parkin

Rank: Captain

Captain James Parkin joined the Royal Navy in April 1999. He assumed Command of HMS Bulwark in December 2015.

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HMS Bulwark can carry 256 troops, with their vehicles and combat supplies.

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